Measures to Enhance Global Food Security: Rural Development, Smallholder Farmers and Trade Considerations
This round table will explore agricultural and trade policies that could support the maintenance and growth of agricultural productive capacity and enhance livelihoods and rural development in both developed and developing countries. The objective is to support small farmers, without creating distortions, while putting in place a policy framework conducive to long-term global food security and environmental sustainability. Questions to be addressed at the round table would include:
- How to increase access of developing country farmers (especially smallholders) to national, regional and international markets?
- How to provide support to farmers in least developed countries so that they face a level playing field?
- Can mechanisms be developed for smallholders to benefit from the carbon credit offset system?
- What international mechanisms and national policies need to be in place to assure countries of food imports in times of crises?
- How can we encourage a further shift of developed country domestic farm support towards decoupled policies targeting non-farm concerns, such as environment, rural development and maintaining productive land reserves?
- What mechanisms could be put in place to compensate developing country farmers for distortion-generating support in developed countries?
- How can we stimulate investments in developing agriculture via carbon credit offsets stemming from climate change mitigation policies and the clean development mechanism?
- Is there need for a Food Import Financing Facility (FIFF) and other international mechanisms to assure net food-importing developing and other countries (NFIDCs) adequate imports in times of global market crises and/or under sudden and adverse movements in their food import bills?
- What is the role of “smart” subsidies to correct market failures in low-income countries?
Kanayo Nwanze, President, IFAD
Joachim von Braun, Director-General, IFPRI
Clemens Boonekamp, Director of the Agriculture and Commodities Division, WTO
Karen Serres, President of the IFAP Committee of Women Farmers